07 Mar New Direct Service between Canada, USA and Southern Africa
Canada States Africa Line (CSAL) launched its new service from Canada and the U.S. East Coast to South Africa with the sailing of M/V “ATLANTIC IMPALA” on March 24th, 2008 from Montreal.
The main ports of call in North America are Montreal and Baltimore. South African ports of call are: Durban, Richards Bay, Cape Town and Walvis Bay in Namibia. The service will have a monthly frequency with a transit time of 32 days to Durban.
The Line will initially deploy two sister Vessels in the service: M/V “ATLANTIC IMPALA” and the M/V “ATLANTIC NAVIGATOR”. The Vessels are extremely flexible, modern, multi-purpose tween-deckers which have both RORO capabilities and heavy-lift gear. They are fitted to be able to carry all manner of bulk commodities, break-bulk, ro-ro, heavy-lift and oversized as well as hazardous cargoes.
Importantly, the vessels are at the highest ice class which enables year round operations in the St. Lawrence.
The addition of a third vessel is forecasted for the fall of 2008 in order to increase the capacity and frequency of the service.
Freight coordination and operational centre for CSAL, north and southbound, will be managed by CSAL Montreal.
Agents in South Africa are Mitchell Cotts Maritime, a division of Grindrod (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd.
For North America, CSAL has appointed Protos Shipping Ltd. as its agents in Canada and Worldwide Logistics Partners Inc. as its U.S. Midwest representatives.